Medieval Military Revolution: State, Society and Military Change in Medieval and Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

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Overview

War was a major engine of modern state-development in the medieval and early modern periods throughout Europe. While the idea of a military revolution - the creation of modern armies and the centralized state - has been traditionally seen as a 17th-century development, more recent scholarship has placed it in the 16th century and before. The contributors to this book offer perspectives on the early modern period.

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Nine essays represent the integration of military history with the broader concerns of historians, suggesting that the military history of the Middle Ages was more dynamic than previously thought if studied within a socio-political context of transformation. Specifically, the essays deal with various topics: mottes and town defenses, knights and esquires, the English Templars, Erasmus, Sir Wiliam Pelham, Josse Clichtove, and the Dutch Republic. The editors are British academics, but biographies of the contributing authors are not supplied. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Nine separate authorities contributed to this definitive exploration of medieval military traditions and innovations. Because of slow and imperfect communications of the period, estimates differ concerning where and when the various approaches to military tactics originated. But most agree that the profound development was supplanting armored cavalry with foot-soldiers. First came the English "longbowmen" and Swiss "pikemen." This generated another evolutionary change--obsolescence of the huge forts. A surprising obbligato theme to this history is the recognition of how the leading states of Europe so emphasized the arms race that they spent up to and beyond the level of bankruptcy--a practice not uncommon in this century! The numbers are surprising: Spain had 200,000 men under arms in the 1590s; France had twice that many a century later. Here is an unusual history, both scholarly and readable, and crammed with information the reader can quote repeatedly. Indexed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850438304
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/15/1995
  • Series: British Academic Press Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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Homa Katouzian is a specialist and writer on Iran. His many publications include The Political Economy of Iran.
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Table of Contents

The Conqueror's footprints in Domesday Book, J.J. Palmer; towns, mottes and ring-works of the Conquest, Barbara English; alms for the Holy Land - the English Templars and their patrons, 1130-1280, John Walker; knights, esquires and military service - the evidence of the armorial cases before the court of chivalry, Andrew Ayton; town defences in medieval England and Wales, D.M. Palliser; war and peace in the works of Erasmus - a medieval perspective, Peter Heath; Josse Clichtove and the Just War, Howell A. Lloyd; "Wise and experimented" - Sir William Pelham, Elizabethan soldier and landlord, c1560-87, R.W. Ambler; a state dedicated to war? the Dutch republic in the 17th century, J.L. Price.

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